Team HRC come away from the third stage of the Sealine Cross-Country Rally with a positive report-card as Paulo Goncalves moves back up among the front-runners, winning the stage and clawing back positions in the general standings.
Joan Barreda came very close to pulling off a spectacular result today after having the misfortune to be first in the day’s starting order. The Spanish ace managed to lead for over three-quarters of the race, but a minor navigational distraction in one of the trickier stretches of the route put paid to his victory aspirations and meant that he had dropped time as well as his overall second position before the day was through.
Barreda’s comrade-in-arms Paulo Gonçalves took up the torch, coming from behind to take the triumph which will now allow him to choose tomorrow’s starting position amid the first six starters, as determined by new race regulations.
It wasn’t all good news for Team HRC as Jeremías Israel was forced out of the race. The Chilean rider had to turn back and head for base some 70 km into the race as his arm – injured by the impact of a rock yesterday – began to play up. Jeremías should be back in competition for the Argentinean Desafío Ruta 40.
Tomorrow (Thursday) sees the penultimate stage of the rally. Once more, riders will be faced with 400 km of timed special stage as the fight for room on the rostrum heats up and the Sealine Cross-Country Rally of Qatar nears its end.
Results Stage 3
|1||Goncalves Paulo||POR||Team HRC||Honda||4:29'46|
|2||Quintanilla Pablo||CHI||KTM Warsaw Rally Team||KTM||+ 2'04|
|3||Coma Marc||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+ 3'59|
|4||Walkner Matthias||AUT||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+ 6'11|
|5||Viladoms Jordi||11||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+ 8'02|
|6||Sunderland Sam||5||GBR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+ 12'01|
|7||Barreda Joan||SPA||Team HRC||Honda||+ 13'53|
|9||Megre David||POR||Team Megre Portugal||KTM||+ 54'59|
Provisional Standings after Stage 3
|1||Coma Marc||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||10:54'02|
|2||Viladoms Jordi||11||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+ 10'12|
|3||Quintanilla Pablo||CHI||KTM Warsaw Rally Team||KTM||+ 10'13|
|4||Goncalves Paulo||POR||Team HRC||Honda||+ 10'33|
|5||Walkner Matthias||AUT||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+ 11'08|
|6||Barreda Joan||SPA||Team HRC||Honda||+ 11'57|
|7||Sunderland Sam||5||GBR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+12'58|
|8||Al Balooshi Mohammed||7||UAE||Balooshi Racing KTM UAE||KTM||+ 1:20'30|
|10||Abu Issa Mohammed||QAT||Abu Issa||Yamaha||+ 2:02'05|
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|2017||Sam Sunderland (KTM)|
|2016||Sam Sunderland (KTM)|
|2015||Marc Coma (KTM)|
|2014||Joan Barreda (Honda)|
|2013||Marc Coma (KTM)|
|2012||Marc Coma (KTM)|